Our winter concert series “A Little Sunday Music” continues its 2016-17 season Sunday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. with soprano Rose Hargrave performing a selection of French art songs in program titled, “Tour de France.”
Hargrave is a member and past president of the Monday Musical Club of Albany. She has studied voice with Karen Ranung and coaches with Michael Clement. She performs music from oratorio and opera to jazz and Broadway and has sung extensively with St. Margaret Mary’s Church, All Saints Catholic Church and The New York Catholic Chorale. She is a featured vocalist on the CD “Mis Suenos de Tango” with Spiral Ensemble, and a more recent recording, “Armenian Genocide Centennial Memorial Concert,” with Andrew Krystopolski on piano. Past musical engagements have included The Mendelssohn Club, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Proctors Theater, Caffe Lena, the Albany Tulip Festival ,70 Beekman Street Art Gallery, Mohonk Mountain House Resort, the Hyde Collection and Saratoga Racetrack. She also performs benefit concerts throughout the Capital District.
A Little Sunday Music closes the season with a March 5 performance by cellist Will Hayes, who will be playing music by Bartók, Grieg and Brahms, accompanied by piano.
A Little Sunday Music is generously underwritten by Friends of Bethlehem Public Library.
Our special collection, sometimes known as a “library of things,” continues to grow. On the heels of the virtual reality headsets, we have added portable karaoke machines and binoculars that can be borrowed with a library card.
Got a song in your heart? Sing it loud and proud – with friends or by yourself – when you check out one of our new karaoke machines. Nothing livens up a gathering or a teen’s slumber party more than some good-natured, off-key warbling. The portable devices are stand-alone, but they do come with cables if you want to hook one up to your television. They can be checked out for a week at a time and include two microphones, four karaoke CDs, a remote control and a user guide.
You can also check out one of our binoculars, and get a closer look at the world around you. The Celestron Nature DX 8×42 Adult Binoculars strikes the perfect balance between performance and ease of use.
Both the karaoke machines and binoculars, as well as the VR headsets, telescopes, GoPro cameras and more, are available on our special collections shelf behind the Information Desk on a first-come basis. Look for the white cases with the corresponding images.
Audiobook fund receives gift
The library would like to acknowledge a gift contribution to the Bass Recorded Books fund from Eileen Base Cummings, who, along with her brother, established the fund 17 years ago in honor of their parents, Edward and Edith Bass. Contributions to the fund are used to purchase audiobook versions of histories and historical biographies, genres favored by Mr. Bass, who was visually impaired. Each audiobook has a label identifying it as part of the Bass collection.
The fund continues to be actively supported through donations. For more information, please contact Library Director Geoffrey Kirkpatrick at 439-9314, ext. 3022.
All events are free and take place at Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar. For more information, call 439-9314 or visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org.
Monday, Feb. 6
Fun and Games for Grownups
An adults-only gathering where you can play games, including chess, color and socialize, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Snacks served!
Tuesday, Feb. 7
Sign up for one or all sessions and try your hand at chess with our teen volunteers. All experience levels welcome, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For kids in grade K-5.
Zentangle and Creative Coloring
Relax and improve your focus with coloring or Zentangle, a tranquil drawing technique that uses patterns to create beautiful images, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
— Kristen Roberts